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Great planer for what it is, and what it costs, lacking finer features.

Great planer for what it is, and what it costs, lacking finer features.

09-17-2010 05:21 PM by dbhost | 12 comments »

Well, after 2 and a half years of trouble free service, I figured I should write up a review of my Ryobi AP1301 planer for you folks. Like many other owners of these planers, I have found the lack of infeed and outfeed support annoying, at least at first, and it DOES snipe if you just shove wood through it, and let it just dangle out the back end. I have found that supporting your lumber by hand as you feed it in, and take it out of the planer takes care of the snipe issue almost completel...

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thickness planer

thickness planer

04-27-2010 05:17 AM by UncleSnail | 5 comments »

Hi All, ‘Picked up this 734 dewalt last week at Lowes. They had just dropped the price down to $399. I know you can get it for less at other stores on line but the shippng is outrageous so…. I have used other people’s planers….and this 734 is the best yet. It is a three knife system and gives a very smooth surface but the best feature is it’s 4 post hold down on the blades. The knife also has a a lock.. I plane short boards due to the size of my shop….w...

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G0453Z Review

G0453Z Review

03-04-2011 01:12 AM by TJU | 6 comments »

It has taken me a few weeks but I have finally got my new planer and jointer all adjusted and running. I ran about 30 bf a cherry through them for a project I am working on. This is the first Grizzly purchase that I have made and I will definitely look at Grizzly when I go to upgrade my 9” crapsman band saw that I got for $35 on Craig’s list.The fit and finish we about what I expected. I took about 5 minutes to file the sharp edges and scrape a few drops of paint off the jointer fenc...

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New Fence System For Williams and Hussey

New Fence System For Williams and Hussey

09-30-2008 03:38 AM by bugs | 1 comment »

For those who own a Williams and Hussey molder, take a look at these new fence clamps (www.clampthis.com)These are innexpensive fence clamps that work great. They are fantastic for quickly changing over to different molding knives or making quick adjustments. It also works with the ShopFox molder/planerThe web site also features a videoThis fence system is in sharp contrast to the clumsey and expensive system that Williams and Hussey came out with just recently.

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Best used Tool I ever purchased

Best used Tool I ever purchased

03-14-2014 10:43 PM by steve | 12 comments »

I got this Ryobi 1300 Planer 3 years ago…I took a shot at it for $100 used, but actually almost new…the owner passed away just after buying it, and his wife sold it to me, I would have given her more, but that’s all she wanted. I have the box, receipt, EVERYTHING!I’ve had a Delta, and and an ole General…I gotta give this Ryobi the props though…and it is the ONLY Ryobi tool I own…I am not a big fan, but this older 1300 is a great design. The lock is...

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Shelix cutterhead for DW735

Shelix cutterhead for DW735

10-27-2014 12:24 AM by johnstoneb | 10 comments »

I bought a DW735 planer about a year and a half ago. The knives were starting to get some nicks in them and time rotate then. I decided after talking with somebody at the local woodworking club that had changed to a Shelix cutterhead to do the same. I ordered the cutterhead direct from Byrd. Price was only about $10 more than Amazon and freight was less. so price worked out about the same. The cutterhead was well packed came with four extra cutters , the tool to change the cutters and...

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A real workhorse

A real workhorse

06-17-2015 02:54 PM by mramseyISU | 16 comments »

I’ve had this planer for almost 2 years now so I’ve had plenty of time to make up my mind I think. I got it as a package with the add-on tables and an extra set of blades. Out of the box all I needed to do was get the tables attached and it was ready to go. One thing to know going into this you need something to direct the chips off of it. The chip blower REALLY works and wood chips will be flying all over. I made the mistake of using it without anything and it looked like a torna...

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Replacing an old benchtop planer

Replacing an old benchtop planer

02-13-2011 08:14 PM by Ian_S | 7 comments »

I recently purchased ($1390.00) this planer from my local woodworking store Warren Cutlery in Rhinebeck New York. The planer was on display in the store, so all I had to do set up wise was bolt on the cast iron bed extensions, connect the dust collection hood and install a plug. Set up time under two hours. The adjustment screws on the bed extensions were easy to use when leveling the beds, though the screws on each end had limited room for turning the allen key. This planer appears to b...

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Good planer so far

Good planer so far

09-02-2014 12:37 AM by Mimeda | 10 comments »

Hello everybody, this is my first review on this forum. I am a hobbyist woodworker, just working on small projects late at night or during weekends and learning on the way for the past 2-3 years. I started just with a bunch of hand tools and gradually evolved to buy a few indispensable tools. I bought this planer from Amazon, total price including shipping at my door in 2 days $299. As seen below it arrived in a sturdy box, no dents or scratches. After removing some styrofoam and pr...

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Well built, reliable, great performing machine

Well built, reliable, great performing machine

02-29-2008 03:44 PM by JLYoung | 12 comments »

I bought this planer about a year and a half ago and it has served me very well. The cutter head lock has pretty much eliminated snipe. The only time I get it is if I try and feed a wide board though without first jointing one face. (I know this is not the proper way, but if a board is short and wide, won’t fit on my jointer and I’m taking off 1/4” I figure I can flatten it quite well by continuously flipping it around). The blades on this planer apparently aren’t ...

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